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1. DEFENSE:

Agency that understands threats adapts to climate change

Though it's rarely front and center, climate change is an important element in the Department of Defense's decisionmaking, experts said. Rising sea levels, soaring temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events stand to affect all of the armed forces, their bases and resources, and many in the defense sector are already working on ways to help them adapt.

2. FORESTS:

Who has planted the most carbon-storing trees? China's 'Green Great Wall' takes the prize

HONG KONG -- After improving energy efficiency, piloting emissions trading and ramping up renewable energy expansion, China has also been moving on another frontier needed to help ease global warming. According to a study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change, the total amount of carbon stored in all living biomass above the soil has increased globally by almost 4 billion tons since 2003, with China contributing in a notable way to the increase.

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